Monday, February 19, 2018

Evening in Uptown



  To stroll through the New Orleans "Uptown" neighborhood s a treat for the senses. The silvery green leaves of the old oaks shimmer against the dark knight sky. The soft colors of the houses are illuminated by windows and porch lights.
  But the best thing about the Uptown neighborhood is the many different architectural styles. Two-story homes with their lacey iron balconies sit comfortably next to small, highly decorated shotguns. Each house is uniquely different and beautiful.

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New Orleans' Natchez Steamboat

  Since Antebellum times. there have been nine steamers named the Natchez. They have all claimed the title of Champion of the Mississippi.

   Powered by massive steam engines and the classic wheel at the stern, these powerful and dependable riverboats have won every steamboat race on the Mississippi.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Arnaud's Jazz Bistro

At Arnaud's Restaurant in New Orleans French Quarter, you can enjoy classic Creole cuisine and listen to lively jazz in the Bistro. This has to be one of the best New Orleans experiences!
  What I loved about Arnaud's was the authentic interiors. Mosaic floors, plain, varnished bentwood chairs, and crystal chandeliers carry us back to 1918, the year Arnaud's was founded.
  Great care has been taken to make this a memorable and musical dining experience.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Alleyways in the French Quarter

The original settlement of New Orleans was founded by the French in 1718.
 This original section of New Orleans is The French Quarter, which remains almost unchanged.
 After two devastating fires in 1788 and 1794, the city was reconstructed in a grid pattern. Among the newly planned streets were a handful of short alleyways.

These enchanting, narrow alleys give us a sense of how the French Quarter looked two hundred years ago, and as the sun sets, one can almost imagine the famous pirate Jean Lafitte secretly moving his plunder through these dimly lit passages.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

French Quarter Carriage Tours

   One of the special delights of visiting New Orleans' French Quarter is taking a guided tour via a mule drawn carriage.
    First of all, I was surprised to find out that these shiny coated, strong "horses" were actually mules. Mules are preferred for their resistance to the heat and their stamina; not to mention they seem to be quite cooperative.
   Secondly, I was amazed by how much our guide and driver knew about the fascinating history of New Orleans. Along with the history came tales of ghosts, voodoo, yellow fever, and murder.
   And last of all, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the architecture. Diverse styles blend together in a symphony of balconies, tall shuttered doors, and soft, Carribean colors. This American city, now almost 300 years old, is truly one of the world's most unique and charming.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

The Streetcar in New Orleans

To take a streetcar ride through New Orleans' Garden District is to take a step back in time. Right in the middle of a busy, noisy city you will find yourself transported to a leafy, green paradise.

The streetcar clatters and bangs as it rolls down the middle of St. Charles Avenue. Giant oak trees spread their twisting branches over the boulevard, forming an archway, and stately mansions line the street.
    The riders are tourists, people headed for work, and college students going to class. Children lean towards the open windows, feeling the breeze against their faces. An older man talks about Katrina, and two girls dressed in band uniforms giggle.
     For a brief moment, we are a small community traveling through time, in the care of our kindly and watchful conductor.
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Brass Bands in New Orleans

 
  You are walking through the French Quarter. You're a block from Jackson Square. You hear a rumbling, and you feel a beat. It's the raucous, joyful sound of a small brass band playing on the square.
  Dressed in T-shirts and gym shoes, this band is treating the crowd to that special New Orleans rockin' sound. Look around, and you will see people dancing in the street. They can't resist!

  To see more of my New Orleans art, go to www.dianemillsap.com

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Frenchmen Hotel in New Orleans

     When you enter the Frenchmen Hotel in New Orleans, you enter a world of balconies and walkways which connect three historical cottages in the neighborhood of Marigny. The rooms open onto a beautiful courtyard and pool. Everything is utterly charming from original shutters and woodwork to small brick fireplaces in almost every room.
     This is a chance to experience accommodations typical for the 19th century travelers. Of course now there are updated baths and amenities.
     This hotel is on the Historic Register and is located at 417 Frenchmen Street right in the middle of the popular local music clubs.
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Monday, August 21, 2017

Frenchmen Street Funk

The nightlife on Frenchmen Street is vibrant, sassy and pure fun!  A dozen or more music clubs, like the Spotted Cat and the Red Apple painted above, wow tourists and locals alike with the authentic and unadulterated New Orleans' brand of jazz, funk, and blues.
The icing on the cake, is when a local brass band shows up and fills the street with blasting trumpets, wailing saxes and trombones, and that infectious Big Easy beat (courtesy of a couple of drums and a booming tuba).  Everyone loves it!  PS:  Frenchmen Street is just a block out of the French Quarter.
 
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

New Orleans' Uptown Homes

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What a display of architectural styles!! A walk through New Orleans' Uptown neighborhood is fascinating.  Each home is unique.  From "Raised Cottages" and a variety of fancy "Shotguns" to the stately "Double Galleries," each house tries to outdo its neighbor.  Pillars, shutters, frilly wrought iron, and intricate moldings all come together in surprising harmony. These beautiful old homes create the perfect fantasy as the warm evening breezes drift through the silvery leaves of the old oaks trees which surround them.
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

New Orleans' Beautiful Esplanade Avenue

Esplande Avenue boasts a distinctive collection of New Orleans architecture.  No two homes are alike, and each one is absolutely beautiful!
 
To stroll down this street is pure pleasure!  Each house is a jewel, with attention paid to the pillars, the wrought iron, the wood moldings and the balconies.  Built in the 1800's, they have been lovingly restored and maintained by their proud owners.
 
Esplanade is a long boulevard which runs from the edges of the French Quarter out to Degas House, and beyond to City Park.  It's a beautiful walking tour for lovers of architecture.
 
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Monday, February 29, 2016

The Quiet Side of the French Quarter

 
 
 
Those of us who love New Orleans are familiar with the popular sections of the French Quarter. Bourbon street is renowned for its dazzling neon, and raucous music.  Jackson Square is alive with mule drawn carriages, artists displaying their works, and the beat of local brass bands.  However, there are the quiet, almost unbelievably quiet, residential streets, such as Burgundy Street (above).  The facades of these old houses are plain and not really inviting; but behind these shuttered doors, these homes are warm and filled with light that streams in from courtyards filled with trees and flowers.  When you leave the street and enter, it is definitely a world apart!
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

New Orleans' Royal Street

To me, the most beautiful street in the French Quarter is Royal Street.  The variety of architecture is amazing!  From the mellowed brick 200 year old town homes to the early Victorian wooden frame buildings, each one is a delight.  And, the balconies with their flowering vines are just icing on the cake! 
 
The shops that occupy these buildings are also a feast for the eye.  Antique shops glitter with twinkling crystal chandeliers, and dress shops entice us to enter.  (Oh, the dollars spent here!) 
 
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Friday, June 12, 2015

New Orleans' Jive


One of my favorite streets in the French Quarter is St. Peter Street.  This street is a jumble of all the old and fascinating architectural styles which are unique to New Orleans:  The three story townhouses, the quirky servants’ quarters with their oddly pointed roofs, and the Creole Cottages with their massive old shuttered doors.  There are also plenty of wrought iron balconies, arched carriage ways, and high connecting wooden fences with doors in them, leading where?   All are jammed up against each other.  So much going on, so compressed; and behind this facade, is a labyrinth of connected passageways, beautiful courtyards and huge glass French doors. 
And St. Peter Street jumps with activity, night or day, with every conceivable type of business:  The famed Pat O’Brien’s, the Jazz Preservation Hall, Reverend Zombie’s Voodoo Shop, The Gumbo Shop restaurant, the Krazy Korner music club, a Lucky Dog cart, and on and on…… This street rocks and jives with laughter, lights and music, and is not one to. be missed.
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Monday, June 8, 2015

The Hours on Jackson Square - Original Oil Painting

I first fell in love with Jackson Square on an incredibly 100 degree plus day in June.  As my husband and I walked into the Square, I was amazed to see that there were throngs of tourists; and there were families… all smiling, laughing and seemingly oblivious to the heat! 

 This was their family vacation, and Jackson Square was at the hub of it all.  A local brass band in front of the St. Louis Cathedral boomed out tunes with a beat that no one could ignore.  (You gotta love what these local musicians can do with a tuba!)  A street performer, covered with metallic spray paint, enthralled the kids as he “transformed” from a construction worker into a race car.  And Art was everywhere!  Hundreds of paintings were hung from the Square’s magnificent iron fence. And the artists, just as colorful as the artwork, were all on hand to engage in conversation.

Carriages drawn by very good looking mules (in my estimation) were doing a brisk business, hauling everyone through the French Quarter; their drivers giving the unbelievably exciting history of New Orleans.   There is always something new to learn on these tours, because the history of this city is so dense and so rich.  Tales of pirates, yellow fever, ghosts, and military battles will leave one breathless.  The beginnings of New Orleans were not easy!


It was at this moment that I realized I was in the living, breathing heart of the French Quarter.  The beautiful architecture (built over the centuries by the French, Spanish, and even an enterprising 19th Century woman) is still in use as shops, museums and restaurants.  These buildings surround the square in a warm and intimate way, gently blurring the line between the past and the present, gently weaving that old New Orleans’ spell that makes us want to return again and again.
To see more of my New Orleans art, visit: www.neworleans-art.net